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A few ways to Start.

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Yesterday Start Here released, and it’s always a fun day, a day when you get to show your new work and hope that it might help some people feel one step closer to Jesus. A book might feel like the big thing, the most important thing. But Start Here wasn’t just about writing a book. It was one answer to the question, “how do we help people begin? How do…

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Because it feels real

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Tomorrow, Start Here is born. It’s different than the first one. When She’s Got Issues released, I was giddy about it, just giddy. Excited to get it in the right hands and hoping that women would agree that they needed to know Jesus in a new way. But this is so different. This feels solid. It feels real in a different way because this is for everyone–everyone–who is seeking, questioning,…

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Morning grace

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So this is the longest I’ve been away from this space. For the past four years this blog has been a place for me to venture into the role of writer, a place of peeling back a few layers on my own heart in the hopes that it might encourage some. But like the best of blessings, my attempts at ministry to you have been just as much a ministry…

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About Beyonce.

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(Beyonce in Dreamgirls Days) Oh, Beyonce. I have been a fan since Destiny’s Child. I loved your voice and your dance moves and your feisty independence. You were full of talent and passion and beauty and it was inspiring. And then, Dreamgirls. You aren’t just a singer or a dancer but a songwriter and an actress as well–snagging awards and accolades for the many talents you possess. Things were looking…

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Un/defined Details

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Here’s a little video about un/defined. Un:defined from HOPE on Vimeo.     I really don’t have many words for what God is doing with this gathering because I’m mostly overwhelmed by His goodness and listening for his voice–praying and asking Him to make it abundantly clear exactly what He wants us to know this weekend together. I will be showing up–just like you–to watch Him work. If you are…

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When you wonder if you can…

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I got on a plane by myself and I took my laptop and I took a deep breath. I was traveling to a conference for women in ministry. The idea of being a woman in ministry was still new to me, like a pair of boots you haven’t worn enough to break in, that feeling when you wonder if they really fit at all. And I hauled my computer out…

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I Declare About Women.

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I hate stereotypes. I mean, hate them. I hate every stereotype about women. I hate that men categorize women and I hate that women categorize one another…as girly or not, as crafty or not, as homeschool-y, as Christian-y. Domineering. Crunchy. Soccer Mom. Liberal. Needy. Emotional. High-Maintenance. Control Freak. All of it. I hate it all. You are not your role or your circumstance or even your emotional highs and lows. You are…

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When risky is good

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Dreaming is risky. Perhaps you have a wisp of an idea, just a whisper. You turn it over and around in your mind for a few days, letting it take shape. Then maybe you take a risk, and you share it with one other friend, and it becomes more real. There’s a dream out there that I’ve shared with a few friends, and those few friends have breathed some life…

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Broken Christmas…

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Today I have a post from a friend and mentor, Elisa Morgan. I love the honesty and courage of this post, and I LOVE her latest book, The Beauty of the Broken. So listen in as Elisa tells us how it really is…and invites us to share our real stories too. I’m giving away the book, so share your own #brokenchristmas story at the end of this post and you’ll…

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“My Dog Needs Friends” and other lies I tell myself

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  So I was running the other day. And I took my dog with me, which was already a compromise because his legs are approximately 4 inches long–he literally takes 26 steps for every one of mine. He works out 26x harder so he’s experienced an Insanity-level workout by the time we leave the culdesac. But he soldiered on, clickclickclicking on his too-long dog nails next to me. And I thought:…

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